From the Editor’s Perch

“When the competition is over, the Kings and the Pawns all go back in the same box.”

                                          –  Italian proverb

          

 

SUCCESS

From what I’ve been able to glean from Wikipedia, each fertilized human embryo represents a huge Oklahoma-like Land Rush representing an average 30 million sperm participants.  And the fellow/woman you’re looking at here, sleeping under this thin grey coverlet, represents the winner of such an event.  So think about this: each person you encounter every day has been enormously successful.  And I mean on the level of a Bill Gates.   

So what about this poor fellow/woman?  Well, my first thought would be that indeed, “winning IS everything”.  But, by that I mean, success in one sphere does not necessarily transfer well to another.  (i.e. that’s all it was, and now it’s gone.) 

In fact, we’re all has-beens.  It will be the very rare person who can replicate the success they had by just being born.  So, I think we shouldn’t be alarmed so much by failure… By being broke?  Well, yes.  Maybe a bit – or even a lot!   But I think each of us should get up each day and walk with our shoulders back and our head up – in light of the immense success we already are… even if you’re a little hungry and sleeping under a bridge.

                                         – Carl Nelson

Photos by Carl Nelson

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